On Wednesday the 26th of February, the Honourable Jenny Macklin, Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Disability Reform and the Honourable Warren Snowden, Minister for Indigenous Health, Minister for Veteran’s Affairs and Minister for Defence Science and Personnel came to BushMob to announce that we would be receiving funding to relocate and expand.
“Tackling alcohol and drug abuse is key to building safer, stronger communities, and it’s a critical part of our efforts to close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage,” Ms Macklin said.
“BushMob runs a terrific service where young people in Alice Springs are able to receive round-the-clock care, as well as education and counselling to help them overcome alcohol, petrol-sniffing and substance abuse.
“This expansion to a new and larger facility means BushMob can lift its capacity from 5 to 20 beds, and help more young people in Alice Springs take control of their lives.”
The Minister for Indigenous Health and Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, said the BushMob service helped local young people deal with immediate issues as well as giving them new skills to get their lives back on track.
“From its humble beginnings as a pilot program more than a decade ago, BushMob has grown to become a real success story in Alice Springs, helping thousands of young people and their families overcome the harmful effects of substance abuse,” Mr Snowdon said.
“As well as investing more than $1.2 million to help them relocate to a larger facility, we are providing an additional $630,000 so that BushMob can continue its great work supporting young people in Alice Springs, town camps and nearby communities.
BushMob would look to thank Ministers Macklin and Snowden and the Northern Territory Department of Health, Strategy and Reform Area for their support, interest and encouragement.
Here are some photos from the day.